In Muncie in the classic sociological study Middletown, published in by Robert S. and Helen M. Lynd. The name (shortened in from Munseetown or . – Robert and Helen Lynd arrive in Muncie, Indiana to study religion in American of questions which were then asked of samples of people in Middletown. Middletown has 84 ratings and 4 reviews. by. Robert Staughton Lynd, Middletown is the report of a year and a half study the Lynds and their assistants .

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The view from Middletown: a typical US city that never did exist | Membership | The Guardian

While there are many places in the U. I cannot imagine America oynd a president during a time of war who is not at his centre fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values Pollsters do as well – the city has, for the most part, successfully predicted the election of U.

Helen Lynd retired from Sarah Lawrence College inbut continued to teach there until her death. Compared to the 19th century, family sizes were smaller, divorce rates were up.

A Study in Contemporary American Culture and its follow-up work, which analyzed social change brought about by the Great Depression. Also, many of the clergy tend to be politically progressiveand as such, are not welcomed into the city’s governance. Of enduring interest to students of sociology, these works inspired an acclaimed six-part television series.

Views Read Edit View history. Robert Lynd retired from Columbia University in Change and Continuity in Middletown’s Religion Show 25 25 50 All. Preview — Middletown by Robert Staughton Lynd.


Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture | work by Lynd |

The mivdletown was released to rave reviews and enduring success. On 7 August a white mob in Marion, Indiana, some 40 miles away, broke into the local jail with sledgehammers, dragged three black teenagers out of their cell, beat them and then middletlwn two of them from a tree by their necks the third managed to get away.

Middletown contained 42 churchesrepresenting 28 different denominations. They end on a strongly negative note, fearing that a dictator such as Huey Long or Adolf Hitler could conceivably draw support from such a population. For when the Lynds selected a city they settled on three key characteristics: History of “Robert and Helen Lynd” Note: They published their findings in with a detailed portrayal of a town becoming less devout and less deferent, more educated and more automated, where women were less likely to bake their own bread and more likely to work outside the home, young people lead more independent lives, where public speeches were getting shorter middleyown schoolgirls preferred cotton to silk stockings.

Lawrence Beitler took pictures of the crowdincluding children, that had come midrletown watch the bodies swing. They were rather critical of America’s growing preoccupation with money and consumption.

Many working-class families formerly never strayed more than a few miles from town; with the automobile, they are able to take vacations across the United States. Their publications became classics in American sociology.

Moreover, the more skilled legal minds in town tend to work in the private sector, not the public sector. Due to recent innovations such as the Associated Pressthe papers are able to carry more news. Because of innovations such as mortgageseven working-class families were able to own their own homes.


Nor is it limited to Republicans. They also criticized American workers for not exhibiting class solidarity.

Robert and Helen Lynd

Scott rated it liked it May 08, Families tend not to spend middletodn much time together as before. They criticize the consumerism displayed by the citizens. Order by newest oldest recommendations. They clearly wanted it to represent more than just this one community.

Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture

Robert and Helen Lynd. Their initial research revealed significant change as a result of industrialization and the change from a predominantly agricultural lifestyle to one based on technology and industry.

Credits New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. The book is a bit of a dry read. She graduated in with a B. The Lynds did not study the African-American population of Middletown. Aug 26, Jocelyn rated it really liked it. Every speech should contain the line you were born in the middle of America to the middle class in the middle of the last century The Middletown study was one of the first sociological analyses in the United States of social and cultural change in a modern, urban community.

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